Caring Community is run by Rabbi Josh Whinston and Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut, with the assistance of congregant leadership, who are committed to making TBE an inclusive and participatory community.
Caring Community groups are for TBE members only unless otherwise mentioned.
Why is this important?
In Judaism, it is instilled upon us to help those around us in need. At times, we may forget that we as a community have our own needs. We all know that in order to help others, we must be able to help ourselves and that is where Caring Community comes into play. At times our congregants fall ill or pass away. We are in need of various forms of support as well as enrichment in our lives. TBE will continue to expand and grow the services we offer. They are systems for us, by us, all for our community, our family.
How can I get involved?
Serve on the Caring Community Advisory Board: The Caring Community Advisory Board meets every other month in a supervisory role. We will prioritize the needs identified by our community and create the systems to execute these services. Over the course of the next couple of years, we will continue to expand and address our needs as they arise.
Feedback from the Town Hall Meetings:
Movies, Doctor’s appointments, etc.
Weather specific assistance (i.e. snow shoveling)
Build rituals into the home
Matching for mentors
Interfaith family gatherings
Visiting the Sick (Bikur Cholim)
Shiva and Follow Up Grief Support
Nachamu (TBE’s Bereavement Group) conducts shiva services at congregants’ homes and provides training for others to participate in this mitzvah.
Bereavement Guide (Click Here for a Copy)
Bringing meals to the sick and house bound (including Challah for Shabbat)
Tracking “system” for people who live alone
Email or daily call
Programming/discussions by age demographic
Shalom Corps (welcome committee) for greeting at services and events
Meal delivery and prep
Addiction and mental illness support
New parent support
Greeting new families/members
Chavurah (a small group of people getting together to learn, eat, socialize etc.)
House sitting and/or babysitting co-op
Services for families with young children
Support groups for people with serious illness
Mitzvah Choir (singers who would like to do outreach work/performances)
Caring Community-sponsored field trips
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